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Tue May 08, 2012 By:

Name atleast 10 herbivores and carnivores animal with the length of their small intestine.and corilate length with their food habbits.

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Wed May 09, 2012

Because meat is relatively easily digested, the small intestines of carnivores (where absorption of food molecules takes place) are short -- about three to five or six times the body length.

Herbivores have significantly longer and in some cases, far more elaborate guts than carnivores because of the relative difficulty with which various kinds of plant foods are broken down (due to large amounts of indigestible fibers). The small intestine of plant-eating animals tends to be very long (greater than 10 times body length) to allow adequate time and space for absorption of the nutrients.

Herbivorous animals that consume plants containing a high proportion of cellulose must ferm?e?n?t?? (digest by bacterial enzyme action) their food to obtain the nutrient value. They are classified as either ruminants (foregut fermenters) or hindgut fermenters. ????Herbivorous animals that eat a diet of relatively soft vegetation do not need a multiple-chambered stomach. They typically have a simple stomach, and a long small intestine

Few herbivores and their length of small intestine:

  • ?Rabbit - 3.56 m
  • Sheep and goat - 26.2 m
  • Horse - 22.4 m
  • Cow? - about 40 metres long

 

Few carnivores and their length of small intestine:

  •  ?Dog - about 4-5 meters in length
  • Cat ?- about 1.7 m
  • Tiger – about 5.4 cm
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